During Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, seeing the quiet but lovely Neville Longbottom standup to Lord Voldemort and his prized pet Nagini was perhaps one the single most bravest acts in the entire Harry Potter saga. Fate determined that Harry Potter was The Chosen One and not Neville. which is why we were intially confused as to why Neville ended up in Gryffindor instead of Hufflepuff, where we thought he would be better suited. However according to Tumblr user cywscross, we just weren’t paying close enough attention. Cywscross says,
“Neville’s greatest fear was Snape. And for ten months of every year for seven years, he went back and faced that fear over and over and over again. It would be like tossing Ron into a nest of spiders every day. Or pitching Harry against a Dementor every day. Neville went back for Potions every time, never skipped out, never ran away. Kid was braver than anyone ever noticed from the very beginning, even before he started standing up for himself.”
When you think about it that way, Neville has always quietly been an icon. He did have his bold moments, like when he stood up to Harry, Ron and Hermione when they snuck off to protect the Sorcerer’s Stone. And of course, there was that moment where he steadfastly defied The Dark Lord. As reddit user SchroedingersKneazle pointed out,”This is the moment when Voldemort appears to have won. Harry appears to be dead. There’s almost no hope left to win the war for them. And still, Neville continues to defy Voldemort, despite Voldemort’s offer to let him join the Death Eaters.”
Harry Potter was brave for sure, he continued to face Voldemort time and time again. But then again, he had no choice, as long has Vodly was alive, Harry was in grave danger. Neville on the other hand chose to stand up and fight in an horrific situation, which makes him fearless AF. Clearly the Sorting Hat knew what he was doing.